Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Apple Systems and Services > OS X > OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Aug 2, 2012, 07:41 PM   #1
gregpod9
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
How Do I Remove Mountain Lion's Recovery Partition?

I would like to know how to remove the recovery partition from Mountain Lion via terminal?
gregpod9 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 2, 2012, 07:43 PM   #2
GGJstudios
macrumors Westmere
 
Join Date: May 2008
First Google search result: How to Remove OS X Mountain Lion (or Any Other Mac OS X Boot Partition)
GGJstudios is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 2, 2012, 07:45 PM   #3
gregpod9
Thread Starter
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Quote:
Originally Posted by GGJstudios View Post
I'm asking about the hidden partition.
gregpod9 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 2, 2012, 07:49 PM   #4
GGJstudios
macrumors Westmere
 
Join Date: May 2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by gregpod9 View Post
I'm asking about the hidden partition.
Gotcha. Step Two: Removing and rebuilding a malfunctioning Recovery HD partition
GGJstudios is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 2, 2012, 08:07 PM   #5
Puevlo
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
You might even be able to do it by going into Terminal and typing:

defaults write com.apple.DiskUtility DUDebugMenuEnabled 1

This will enable Debug Mode in Disk Utility. There will be an extra menu bar item that lets you see hidden partitions. Although you did say via Terminal so disregard.
Puevlo is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 28, 2013, 06:51 PM   #6
2012Tony2012
macrumors 6502a
 
2012Tony2012's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Im going back from ML to SL, do I first need to remove the ML recovery partition? Or will a brand new install of SL do that for me?
2012Tony2012 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 28, 2013, 06:58 PM   #7
apunkrockmonk
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Rochester, NY
Just installing Snow Leopard will not get rid of the recovery partition as far as I know.
__________________
iPhone 5 Black 32GB T-Mobile
iPad Mini 2 Black 32GB T-Mobile
Hackintosh i5 4GHz|24GB|7TB
MacBook Pro 13" i5 2.4GHz|8GB|256GB
apunkrockmonk is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 28, 2013, 07:08 PM   #8
2012Tony2012
macrumors 6502a
 
2012Tony2012's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by apunkrockmonk View Post
Just installing Snow Leopard will not get rid of the recovery partition as far as I know.
So what must I do to go back from Mountain Lion to Snow Leopard? What are my steps?
2012Tony2012 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 28, 2013, 08:01 PM   #9
apunkrockmonk
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Rochester, NY
Having the recovery partition there honestly wouldn't hurt anything so you could leave it there.

If you were trying to reclaim that lost space I would recommend following Puevlo's advice, if I remember correctly you can do this from Snow Leopard as well as Mountain Lion.

I'm not well versed enough in terminal to recall the commands to do this.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Puevlo View Post
You might even be able to do it by going into Terminal and typing:

defaults write com.apple.DiskUtility DUDebugMenuEnabled 1

This will enable Debug Mode in Disk Utility. There will be an extra menu bar item that lets you see hidden partitions. Although you did say via Terminal so disregard.
As far as installing Snow Leopard, just boot off of your install CD after making a good backup of your important files. I've never downgraded to Snow Leopard personally so I don't recall if you have the option to Archive and Install or if you must wipe the partition first.

If Archive and Install is an option that'd probably be the easiest way to go.
__________________
iPhone 5 Black 32GB T-Mobile
iPad Mini 2 Black 32GB T-Mobile
Hackintosh i5 4GHz|24GB|7TB
MacBook Pro 13" i5 2.4GHz|8GB|256GB
apunkrockmonk is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 29, 2013, 02:58 AM   #10
benwiggy
macrumors 68020
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2012Tony2012 View Post
So what must I do to go back from Mountain Lion to Snow Leopard? What are my steps?
1. Boot into the SL installer disk.
2. Go to Disk Utility there and repartition the disk.
3. Install 10.6.

The Recovery partition is a whopping 650Mb.
__________________
2012 MacMini, 2.6GHz i7, 16Gb RAM, Fusion Drive | 2012 MacBook Pro, 16Gb RAM, 480 Gb SSD |
2009 MacBook | 2006 iMac | 2003 G3 iBook | Beige G3 | PowerMac 7600 | Mac IIsi |
benwiggy is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 29, 2013, 03:23 AM   #11
NHProductions
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Belgium
If your machine came with a pre-installed version of SL just remove ML and do an internet recovery (I'm not familiar if SL has this but you can give it a try).
Otherwise just delete ML and install SL using a disk and it will probably remove/replace the ML recovery partition. This is just a theory though.
NHProductions is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 29, 2013, 03:32 AM   #12
GGJstudios
macrumors Westmere
 
Join Date: May 2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by NHProductions View Post
If your machine came with a pre-installed version of SL just remove ML and do an internet recovery (I'm not familiar if SL has this but you can give it a try).
Internet recovery and the recovery partition were introduced in Lion, and are not available for Snow Leopard and earlier OS X versions.
GGJstudios is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 29, 2013, 08:51 AM   #13
2012Tony2012
macrumors 6502a
 
2012Tony2012's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
This recommended?

http://www.techparaiso.com/89-steven...ition-tutorial


But will ML stop working once the ML partition and recovery partition is merged?

----------

Quote:
Originally Posted by benwiggy View Post
1. Boot into the SL installer disk.
2. Go to Disk Utility there and repartition the disk.
3. Install 10.6.

The Recovery partition is a whopping 650Mb.
But it won't show the ML recovery partition as it's HIDDEN
2012Tony2012 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 29, 2013, 10:47 AM   #14
Weaselboy
macrumors G5
 
Weaselboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2012Tony2012 View Post
But will ML stop working once the ML partition and recovery partition is merged?
ML will run without the recovery partition. You just lose the ability to run Filevault or any of the recovery tools on the recovery partition.

Quote:
Originally Posted by 2012Tony2012 View Post
So what must I do to go back from Mountain Lion to Snow Leopard? What are my steps?
If you want to do a fresh install of SL and get rid of the ML recovery partition, boot from the SL DVD and start Disk Util then select the drive name (like Seagate 500GB) and erase the entire drive. This will erase the recovery partition as well as the previous OS install (ML). Then go ahead with the install.

By erasing at the drive level as opposed to just the Macintosh HD partition, you are also erasing the recovery partition.
Weaselboy is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 30, 2013, 07:52 PM   #15
2012Tony2012
macrumors 6502a
 
2012Tony2012's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by Weaselboy View Post
ML will run without the recovery partition. You just lose the ability to run Filevault or any of the recovery tools on the recovery partition.



If you want to do a fresh install of SL and get rid of the ML recovery partition, boot from the SL DVD and start Disk Util then select the drive name (like Seagate 500GB) and erase the entire drive. This will erase the recovery partition as well as the previous OS install (ML). Then go ahead with the install.

By erasing at the drive level as opposed to just the Macintosh HD partition, you are also erasing the recovery partition.
Thank you Weaselboy, that got rid of it. But SL froze up once as well, so I installed ML again lol

Maybe it needs a hard drive CLEAN lol

Since coming over from MS Windows to Mac OS, I have learned that Mac OS doesn't cope very well with extreme multitasking like running 12+ browser windows at the same time, all of them downloading a flash video at the same time! MS Windows always handled that well, but Mac OS doesn't
2012Tony2012 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 30, 2013, 08:02 PM   #16
Weaselboy
macrumors G5
 
Weaselboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2012Tony2012 View Post
Since coming over from MS Windows to Mac OS, I have learned that Mac OS doesn't cope very well with extreme multitasking like running 12+ browser windows at the same time, all of them downloading a flash video at the same time! MS Windows always handled that well, but Mac OS doesn't
Yeah... for some reason OS X has always seemed to work half-assed with Flash. I don't know whose fault it it or why is happens.

Maybe try using Chrome for the Flash stuff and see how that works?
Weaselboy is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 1, 2013, 05:03 AM   #17
2012Tony2012
macrumors 6502a
 
2012Tony2012's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by Weaselboy View Post
Yeah... for some reason OS X has always seemed to work half-assed with Flash. I don't know whose fault it it or why is happens.

Maybe try using Chrome for the Flash stuff and see how that works?
Will try it
2012Tony2012 is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 15, 2013, 02:48 PM   #18
ZeeOwl
macrumors member
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Sherbrooke, QC, Canada.
Thumbs up

Quote:
Originally Posted by Puevlo View Post
You might even be able to do it by going into Terminal and typing:

defaults write com.apple.DiskUtility DUDebugMenuEnabled 1

This will enable Debug Mode in Disk Utility. There will be an extra menu bar item that lets you see hidden partitions. Although you did say via Terminal so disregard.
Thanks! Just what I was looking for. Wanted to get rid of those pesky hidden partitions to upgrade my new systems to Snow Leopard.
__________________
Mac Pro 2008, 2.8 GHz 4C Xeon, 10 GiB RAM, 42TB HD, ATI 2600XT 256 MiB.
Mac Mini Server 2011, 2.0 GHz 4C i7, 4 GiB RAM, 250+500MB HDs.
MacBook Pro 2011 15.4", 2.5 GHz 4C i7, 4 GiB RAM, 750MB HD.

Last edited by ZeeOwl; Sep 15, 2013 at 03:34 PM. Reason: typos
ZeeOwl is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Apple Systems and Services > OS X > OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mountain Lion Didn't Install Recovery Partition ehmjay OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion 14 Sep 29, 2013 04:32 AM
What happens with the recovery partition if I run mountain lion and lion? diamondschwin Mac Pro 4 Jan 12, 2013 09:13 AM
Name of Mountain Lion recovery partition naveah OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion 10 Dec 25, 2012 07:14 AM
Reintsall OS X 10.8. Mountain Lion without Recovery Partition amad3us OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion 1 Sep 14, 2012 12:51 PM
Mountain Lion, Recovery Partition, DVDs BlueOcean MacBook Air 12 Jul 4, 2012 10:18 AM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:35 PM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC